How did you meet your partner? Greg and I met at a local bar. I was just finishing high school and Greg was just starting his first full-time job post university. You could say it was love at first drink!
How long have you been together? We have been together for 9 years. As my dad said, when Greg asked for my hand, it was 'about time!'
Do you have a proposal story? I was completely oblivious to the fact. I had, had a long, hard day at work and was ready for a night in. Greg insisted we head out. We had dinner and drinks at the top of the Rialto at Lui Bar, overlooking the city. He popped the question with my favourite drink in hand (espresso martini). It was very romantic!
What was your wedding date? April 22nd, 2017.
Wedding Venue? The Deck, Circa
What made you choose there? We were set on an inner city Melbourne wedding. We looked at a few venues, however, after seeing Circa we knew it was the one. It was really important for us that our guests would be relaxed on the day. The fact that Circa was able to host both our ceremony and reception was perfect. It also had the chic yet party vibe we were after.
How did you find it? I did a lot of internet research into venues prior to checking a few out in person. Our parents had also attended weddings at the venue and were really impressed by the service and experience.
How was the weather on the day? It was absolutely pouring with rain the day before, so I was quite nervous. It ended up being perfect. I think it was 18 and overcast, great for photos!
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? It was actually a year to the day that we got engaged. I come from a footy family and Greg’s a die-hard Demons supporter. Being ANZAC day weekend we also knew that both Essendon and Melbourne wouldn’t be playing on the Saturday.
The Wedding Details
Theme? We were going for a chic, yet fun, party vibe. We went with monochrome colourings and gold accents.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I began following a number of wedding suppliers/ stylists on Instagram. My phone wa s full of screenshots! I also sought inspiration from Pinterest.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I am lucky enough to have very creative family members. My older brother designed all our stationery, including wedding invitations, signs, menus, place cards and table numbers. My mum is quite the sewer so she made the cushions that we placed on the couches and ottomans at the venue. My younger brother is in film and television so will be editing our videography.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister Julia was my maid of honour. I also had my two best friends, Lizzie and Courtney.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Greg had his oldest school friends as his Groomsmen: Callan (best man), Lucas and Paul.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I was following Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram. I loved the detail in their gowns and their beautiful silhouettes.
How many gowns did you try? I had a day out on High Street in Armadale and believe I tried on around 25 dresses. I narrowed it down to 5 dresses that I liked which were all very different. That night I dreamt about the 'Lottie' gown. After this, I knew it was the one. I went back to Karen Willis Holmes the next day and bought it!
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes on High Street, Armadale.
What did you especially like about your gown? I felt like an absolute princess in my gown. I loved the sequin and bead work. It made the dress a real feature. I also loved the silhouette. I fit me like a glove!
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I wanted my bridesmaids to feel a million dollars on the day. I went with the same colour dresses in different styles to best suit their figures and personal style. The dresses were all different suppliers: Aurelio Costarella, Elle Zeitoune and Misha Collection.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The groomsmen wore custom-made suits and shirts by Institchu and bowties from Oxford. Greg’s suit and shirt were also custom-made by Institchu and bowtie from David Jones.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? As the dress spoke for itself, I decided to go with minimal jewellery. I wore rose gold and crystal drop earrings from Stephanie Browne. I also wore a rose gold and sapphire bracelet. It is a family heirloom that belonged to my great grandmother. It is over 100 years old and all the brides on my mother’s side of the family have worn it on their wedding day. It was such a special edition to my attire on the day and I feel so honoured to have been able to carry on the family tradition. As a gift, I purchased gold Mimco bracelets for my bridesmaids. They also wore statement earrings from Lovisa.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a veil during the ceremony. This was purchased with my gown at Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? It can all get a little overwhelming at times. Remember what the day is really about, marrying the man of your dreams and celebrating a new chapter in your life together. Stay true to you and your groom and what you both want. That’s all the matters!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t complicate it! Pick the gown that you feel your best self in!
Something Old? Great grandmother’s bracelet
Something New? My gown.
Something Borrowed? Great grandmother’s bracelet
Something Blue? Great grandmother’s bracelet (it covered many categories!
Photographer – Duuet Wedding Photography
Florist – Grown Florists
Videographer – Footage by Weekend Films
First Dance – 'Better Together' - Us the Duo
MC – Joshua and Isaac Madden (my brothers)
Celebrant – Chris Johnson
Stationery – Joshua Madden
Bombonieres – Donation on behalf of our guests to the Breast Cancer Foundation (a cause close to our hearts).
Hair – AB Pro Lab
Make-Up – Makeup by Amelia Webb
Wedding Bands – Siren Fine Jewellery